Hengistbury Head Beach (Dorset)

Hengistbury Head is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Christchurch, at the end is a spit that creates the narrow entrance to Christchurch Harbour.

Hengistbury Head beach is a pebble beach below the imposing clay and ironstone cliffs, with the Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Not so much a beach holiday location but a good place to explore and go for walks along gravel paths throughout the nature reserve.

Facilities include pay and display car park, toilets, cafe and the Hengistbury Head Centre.

We have no current information on dog restrictions for Hengistbury Head Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches around Christchurch, 56 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  • Good: generally good water quality
  • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Our weather forecast for Christchurch in Dorset

Today (Saturday, Jan 16)

Expect a temperature in the range 8.1℃ to 9.7℃ with a wind speed 8.3 m/sec (W)

Sunday, Jan 17

Expect a temperature in the range 5.4℃ to 6℃ with a wind speed 6.1 m/sec (WNW)

Monday, Jan 18

Expect a temperature in the range 5.3℃ to 6.2℃ with a wind speed 3.7 m/sec (W)

Tuesday, Jan 19

Expect a temperature in the range 10.2℃ to 10.5℃ with a wind speed 12.3 m/sec (SW)

Wednesday, Jan 20

Expect a temperature in the range 10.4℃ to 10.8℃ with a wind speed 14.3 m/sec (SSW)

Thursday, Jan 21

Expect a temperature in the range 6.7℃ to 7.4℃ with a wind speed 13.9 m/sec (WSW)

Friday, Jan 22

Expect a temperature in the range 4.2℃ to 4.4℃ with a wind speed 5.7 m/sec (W)

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK


Our tide forecast for Hengistbury Head Beach in Dorset.

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